How many times have you heard the old expression, "this is a man's job"? We're pretty tired of it, and fortunately, so is California photographer Chris Crisman. With his latest photo series, Women's Work, he's documenting the women who do those 'men's jobs' with pride, and he's breaking down gender stereotypes in the process.

The story of Women's Work starts in early 2016 when Crisman heard from an art producer that a friend of hers had become a butcher, and realized that he had never actually met a female butcher. After meeting and photographing the strong woman, Heather Marold Thomason, Crisman was inspired to find other women taking on unusual jobs that are traditionally male-dominated. From farmers to firefighters, to lobster fishers, the professional photographer was able to locate and capture dozens of inspiring women from across the nation, and finally rolled out the project in October 2016.

Though Women's Work is now 'out there,' Crisman insists that it's a work-in-progress. "There are so many people with interesting jobs that we would still love to include in the project, but we’ll get there. I believe that Women’s Work is the type of project where the purpose does not have an expiration date," he told APE in a November interview. The Penn Valley-based photographer is the father of 2 young children, including a daughter, whom he encourages to dream without limits and pursue her passions, even if others see them as unconventional.

More info: Chris Crisman Photography (h/t: APE)

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Mindy Gabriel, Firefighter In Upper Arlington, Ohio

Mindy Gabriel, Firefighter In Upper Arlington, Ohio

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Lili Képes
Community Member
4 years ago

Real courage every single day... I couldn't do that.

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Sadie Samuels, Lobster Fisher In Rockport, Maine

Sadie Samuels, Lobster Fisher In Rockport, Maine

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Nancy E
Community Member
4 years ago

This is really hard , dangerous, work.

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Leeann Johnson, Haul Truck Driver At Round Mountain Gold Mine In Round Mountain, Nevada

Leeann Johnson, Haul Truck Driver At Round Mountain Gold Mine In Round Mountain, Nevada

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CatPerson
Community Member
4 years ago

Women are just as tough as men

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Women Doing 'men's Work'

Women Doing 'men's Work'

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Sylvia Valentin
Community Member
4 years ago

That must be an excellent thing to do when stressed "I (BAM!)AM(BAM!)NOT(BAM!)ANGRY(BAM!!)!!"

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Alison Goldblum, Property Developer In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Alison Goldblum, Property Developer In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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CatPerson
Community Member
4 years ago

if you have a dream, you follow that dream. don't let expectations drag you down

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Heather Marold Thomason, Butcher And Owner Of Primal Supply Meats In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Heather Marold Thomason, Butcher And Owner Of Primal Supply Meats In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Rafael Tiba
Community Member
4 years ago

"yo next in line, pretty boy"

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Christina Burris, Brewer And Operations Manager Of St. Benjamin’s Brewing In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Christina Burris, Brewer And Operations Manager Of St. Benjamin’s Brewing In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Galeanthropy2017
Community Member
4 years ago

Detecting a lot of Photoshop in this one...

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Mira Nakashima, Designer And Woodworker At George Nakashima Woodworking In New Hope, Pennsylvania

Mira Nakashima, Designer And Woodworker At George Nakashima Woodworking In New Hope, Pennsylvania

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Anna Thouvenin
Community Member
4 years ago

That's my dream job :(

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Judy Bowman, Process Operator, Round Mountain Gold Mine, Round Mountain, Nv

Judy Bowman, Process Operator, Round Mountain Gold Mine, Round Mountain, Nv

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Rosa Greyhound
Community Member
4 years ago

What is a process operator

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#10

Beth Beverly, Taxidermist In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Beth Beverly, Taxidermist In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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MsSoan1
Community Member
4 years ago

Firstly, taxidermy is the act of preserving animals who died naturally. It isn't gory and is more humane than killing a deer for horns.

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Jordan Ainsworth, Mill Operator At Round Mountain Gold Mine In Round Mountain, Nevada

Jordan Ainsworth, Mill Operator At Round Mountain Gold Mine In Round Mountain, Nevada

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Fire Bird
Community Member
4 years ago

Alot of women at the round mountain gold mine.

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Kris Alvarez, Senior Geologist At Round Mountain Gold Mine In Nevada

Kris Alvarez, Senior Geologist At Round Mountain Gold Mine In Nevada

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Sofía Gutiérrez Jara
Community Member
4 years ago

Never knew that being a geologist was a man job (I am a student of geology and never saw it that way). Is time to stop giving stereotyopes to every job or thing you see around!

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Nancy Poli, Pig Farmer At Stryker Farms In Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania

Nancy Poli, Pig Farmer At Stryker Farms In Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania

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Too Lazy To Care 🐼
Community Member
4 years ago

I absolutely love pigs! I have always wanted to own a small farm with a few piggies in there.

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Carol Warn, Leach Pad Operator At Marigold Mining Company In Valmy, Nevada

Carol Warn, Leach Pad Operator At Marigold Mining Company In Valmy, Nevada

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Paula Newsome
Community Member
4 years ago

Way too limited.....need to travel the actual globe and take photos of women who keep communities together because of their back-breaking work.

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